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Andrea Sinclair

President, SD39 Vancouver

Since 2017, it has been Andrea's goal to ensure BCCPAC is relevant – relevant to members, to parents, to public education. BCCPAC is the single largest stakeholder in public education and Andrea's goal was to make us equal. Andrea is so very proud to say that we are part of the provincial education structure having cemented our position in the public school system. With the support of the Board, she works hard to ensure our alliances are strong and respectful. Participating fully in all that is happening in public education and ensuring the parent perspective is heard, takes a tremendous amount of work. BCCPAC has earned the respect of public education stakeholders because we are highly credible. Andrea asks much of the Board members and she is constantly amazed at their willingness to give so much of their time. We come to meetings well-read and well-prepared. It is Andrea's promise to each of you that while she is President, BCCPAC will continue to make a difference in public education.

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Michelle Sylvest

Treasurer, SD8 Kootenay Lake

Michelle grew up in the Kootenays, and after attending university, they moved back home. Michelle's child started kindergarten this past fall, so they are new to the world of PAC. Michelle has spent over 20 years volunteering in executive roles. Michelle works in nonprofit operations management and is excited to bring their experience to where it matters. Michelle continues their educational journey alongside their child by working through an MBA specializing in Human Resources Management.

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Chris Schultz-Lorentzen

Secretary, SD42 Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows

Chris has been involved in supporting public education since 1992. He has been actively involved as a PAC member in various schools and has taken on PAC roles in the last 5 years including SD42 DPAC and BCCPAC Committees. His family primarily lives, works and plays on the traditional, shared and unceded Territory of the həṅq̓əmín̓əḿ speaking People of the Katzie First Nation and Kwantlen First Nation.

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Amanda Hillis

Director, SD39 Vancouver

Amanda has been involved in public education since 2008. She has held various leadership positions on PACs and DPAC. Through participating in district-level committees & working groups; interactions with parents, stakeholders, and advocacy groups; and reading lots of reports, she has learned a lot and is a strong advocate for transparency, accountability, and equitable quality education for every student. She looks forward to continuing to learn and advocate for students and parents at the provincial level.

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Carmen Sundstrom

Director, SD79 Cowichan Valley

Moving from Alberta, Carmen and her family have lived in the Cowichan Valley for the past fourteen years. She has been involved in the school communities from the beginning of her daughters’ educational career; taking on PAC roles in three separate schools, and many years with DPAC. She values the parent voice and appreciates that BCCPAC brings it provincial attention. She grew up believing that everyone should give back to their communities through volunteerism. One just needs to find their passion, and Carmen is passionate about public education and finding success for all students.

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Marvin Klassen

Director, SD43 Coquitlam

Mr. Klassen is a lawyer in Port Coquitlam with two children, one in middle school and one in University. He’s been actively involved in PAC’s for many years. Currently he is in his 6th year with the Executive of DPAC43 Coquitlam and fourth year as President. Of utmost concern to Mr. Klassen is ensuring parents are involved in decisions respecting the education process. He looks forward to being part of the provincial parent voice with BCCPAC.

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John Gaiptman

CEO

John has been involved with public education for over 35 years. He spent 14 years as a Superintendent of Schools; twelve of which were with the Greater Victoria School District and two with the New Westminster School District. John is married with two daughters and three grandchildren. It is his hope, through his vast experience in public education, that he can continue to support and empower parents for the success of each learner.

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